Myths and Realties

When Not to Respond

Designing Writing Assignments

Commenting: Margins and End

Commenting on Drafts


Helping Students Learn Editing

Helping Students Learn to Fix Errors

Overview of Rhetorical Context

Discipline Specific Resources

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Concentrate on Key Strategies for End Comments

  1. Move from questions to more directive comments as you progress through the semester.
  2. Follow a directive comment with suggestions.
  3. Note resources where students can get more help.
  4. Refer to specific pages in a writing guide if you assign one for the class.
  5. Think ahead to the next paper and note key issues that the student can focus on.
  6. Trust your instincts as a reader and don't be afraid to give a reader response.
  7. Don't use end comments only to justify a grade.